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Breastfeeding Lobby Day – Virginia General Assembly – January 18, 2016

VA Breastfeeding Lobby Day

Join VA Alliance for Breastfeeding Laws and fellow breastfeeding supporters for a day of breastfeeding advocacy at the Virginia General Assembly on January 18, 2016.  (See the Facebook event page here.)

There is power in numbers, so we will go in groups to meet face-to-face with legislators and/or their staff. This is a great opportunity to thank our representatives who voted unanimously in support of last year’s Right to Breastfeed in Public, and to ask them to vote in favor of this year’s breastfeeding-related bills.

This session, two breastfeeding-related bills will be introduced. One increases workplace anti-discrimination protections for pregnant and lactating women, and the other increases workplace pumping protections.

Children and babies are welcomed to attend, and the schedule for the day is flexible to accommodate the varied needs of individuals and families. Come for the morning or the afternoon, for as long or short a time as you like.*

**While January 18 is the Martin Luther King Holiday, the General Assembly is in session!** This is a popular lobby day for many groups, and it tends to be less crowded in the afternoon, in case that is a concern for anyone.

Schedule options:
10am-12pm Visit offices of representatives
12pm-2pm Lunch and/or observe House or Senate sessions
2pm-4pm Visit offices of representatives

There are a number of ways you can choose to participate while at the General Assembly:

*verbally share with your representatives or their staff a short story of how better breastfeeding laws positively impact you, your family, your community

*hand-deliver a letter sharing your personal story or asking for your representatives’ support of this year’s bills

*simply your presence will increase our visibility, so you do not need to come prepared to speak

Additional information to come on meeting points and parking options in the area.

Thank you for your support!

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